This is what happens when a neural network pens a short film

Shawn Knight

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Google earlier this month released to the public the first piece of original music created by Magenta, a project that utilizes the artificial intelligence engine TensorFlow to determine if an AI system can create compelling pieces of art and music.

It’s only fitting, then, that the composition be followed by a short film.

Sunspring, starring Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and directed by Oscar Sharp, was written by an LSTM (Long Short Term Memory) recurrent neural network. As Gizmodo recounts, Sharp and technologist Ross Goodwin fed the neural network a smattering of sci-fi scripts and a series of prompts for which to base its film on.

This is what it came up with.

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Raoul Duke

I thought this was really fascinating. The idea was great, the screenplay well acted, some of the hilarious dialogue I would chalk up to banal Hollywood product (I could only read the title of a few of the movies) they fed the AI.
Enjoyed it immensely.
 

trgz

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Sounds like it was dreaming, a stream of random conciousness - maybe even a little découpé in style.
 

namesrejected

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This is actually quite impressive. I have seen stuff much worst on the big screen. The eyeball is key to making it all fit together.... The eyeball, brilliant!!!!
 
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Trillionsin

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I have to admit, I enjoyed it as well. What seemed like randomness, making sense out of something that is essentially nonsensical. Even the end got me. More like busting up laughing because it was definitely not something I had expected.

Anymore when I watch a show, I can typically guess what's going to happen. My friends kind of hate me for it, because I always call it out, and they are all like, "nah man thats not right." and then I clap my hands right when it happens and say "CALLED IT!" Yea, it's kind of annoying, but I call it out in my head usually, but when its the big moments of the film or show, I cant seem to help it.
 

namesrejected

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I have to admit, I enjoyed it as well. What seemed like randomness, making sense out of something that is essentially nonsensical. Even the end got me. More like busting up laughing because it was definitely not something I had expected.

Anymore when I watch a show, I can typically guess what's going to happen. My friends kind of hate me for it, because I always call it out, and they are all like, "nah man thats not right." and then I clap my hands right when it happens and say "CALLED IT!" Yea, it's kind of annoying, but I call it out in my head usually, but when its the big moments of the film or show, I cant seem to help it.

Did you call the eyeball before it happened? If you did, I'm very impressed.